Benefit freeze puts private renting out of reach for low-income tenants and risks fuelling homelessness

Published on Fri, 7th Sep 2018 16:52

Last week the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) published a report showing benefit tenants are now increasingly unable to afford to rent.

It gives the background to the benefits freeze, and states ‘Research from the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) showed that more than 90 per cent of Local Housing Allowance (LHA – housing benefit for private renters) rate’  

CIH chief executive Terrie Alafat CBE said: “Our research makes it clear just how far housing benefit for private renters has failed to keep pace with even the cheapest private rents. We fear this policy is putting thousands of private renters on low incomes at risk of poverty and homelessness. We are calling on the government to conduct an immediate review and to look at ending the freeze on Local Housing Allowance.”

See the complete report here.